Core Chemistry Courses – Descriptions

The following table lists all of the core chemistry classes, along with the course registration number, prerequisites, description, and the semesters in which it is offered.

 

Course Name (Credits) Course Number Prerequisites Course Description Semester(s) Offered
General Chemistry I (4) 160:161 OR 160:163** Pre-calc (640:111 or 115) or higher Introduction to chemical principles and their application. Includes stoichiometry, states of matter, introduction to quantum chemistry, atomic and molecular properties and structure, solutions, thermodynamics, equilibrium, oxidation-reduction Primarily fall; few sections in spring
General Chemistry II (4) 160:162 OR 160:164** Pre-calc (640:111 or 640:115) or higher; Gen Chem I Introduction to chemical principles and their application. Includes colligative properties, kinetics, acid-base equilibria, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, metals and coordination compounds, and nuclear chemistry Primarily fall; few sections in spring
Introduction to Experimentation (1) 160:171 Pre-calc (640:111 or 115) or higher Laboratory class that demonstrates basic principles taught in general chemistry. Teaches students lab safety skills, basic equipment use, and how to work in a laboratory environment Fall and Spring
Analytical Chemistry (3) 160:250 Pre-calc (640:111 or 115) or higher Laboratory class that focuses on importance of accuracy and precision in quantitative analysis of environmental samples using various methods. Includes gravimetric and volumetric analysis, high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), colorimetry, titrimetry, and ion-exchange chromatography. Fall and Spring
Organic Chemistry I (4) 160:307 OR 160:315** Gen Chem II Basic theory including survey of structure, nomenclature, properties of organic compounds, types of reactions, theory and interpretation of spectroscopy Fall and Spring
Organic Chemistry II (4) 160:308 OR 160:316** Gen Chem II, Organic Chem I Continuation of first part, with more focus on mechanisms, synthesis, electronic structures, qualitative molecular orbital theory, functional groups, and biochemical applications. Fall and Spring
Organic Chemistry Lab I (2.5) 160:309 Organic Chem I and 160:171 Laboratory that applies principles already learned in organic chemistry lecture. Includes methods of preparation, purification, and identification. Spring
Organic Chemistry Lab II (2.5) 160:310 Organic Chem II and 160:309 Laboratory that applies principles already learned in organic chemistry lecture. Includes methods of preparation, purification, and identification. Fall
Chemical Bonding (1.5) 160:361 Organic Chem I and Calc II (640:152) Seven-week course that elaborates on principles learned in general chemistry, including ionic/covalent bonding, electronic structure, and molecular orbital theory Fall and Spring
Inorganic Chemistry (3) 160:371 Organic Chem I and 160:361 Elaborates on periodic trends, chemical bonding, electronic structure, acid-base theory, properties of transition metals and main-group metals, and modern-day applications. Fall and Spring
Physical Chemistry I (4) 160:327 Gen Chem II, Gen Physics II (750:204 or 750:202 or 750:227) and Multivariable Calc (640:251) In-depth overview of thermodynamic, kinetic, and statistical mechanics already touched upon in general chemistry, using calculus-based mathematics. Fall
Physical Chemistry II (4) 160:328 Gen Chem II, Gen Physics II (750:204 or 750:202 or 750:227) and Multivariable Calc (640:251) Principles of spectroscopy and quantum theory with mathematical-oriented foundations Spring
Experimental Physical Chemistry (2.5) 160:329 160:327 Laboratory class that illustrates ideas from physical chemistry lecture. Some methods include UV-Vis, FT-IR, and NMR spectroscopy, kinetics, and computational chemistry. Spring
Instrumental Analysis (3) 160:348 160:251 Laboratory class that stresses careful analysis of samples using state-of-the-art modern equipment, including HPLC, GC, XRF, FT-IR, Fluorescence, and UV-Vis spectroscopy, Fall
Seminar, two semesters required (1) 160:491-492 Most sections only open to seniors Seminar-type setting in which students give oral presentations along with visual aids on chemistry-related topics of modern-day interest using recent chemical literature Fall and Spring

**Denotes the Honors sequence, which is by invitation only. Any class requiring general or organic chemistry as a prerequisite can be fulfilled with either the honors or regular course.